Monday, March 21, 2016

Don't Fence Me In

A little section of side yard just off the master bedroom is fenced in.  I have to tell you, it was a fantastic idea.  The former owner poured concrete for a small patio and put up a little white picket fence.  Carolina jessamine vines over it in the spring, and it's full of hostas and ferns in the summer.  Just perfect.


Except...that strange storm last year, the one that cracked 5 of our big trees and necessitated their cutting down, also tore up the fence.  Fence came down, deer came in, and the hostas were no more.   What a mess!


 Now that it's spring and warmer weather, it's time to fix the fence.  First, Todd pulled out the old fence slats, carefully removing them from the encircling vines.

Next, we used a big, unwieldy drill for the new holes. 

 The perfectionist.

It won't be done until next weekend.  Todd wants to build the fence higher and a pergola somewhere - I'm a little fuzzy on the details - so I'm not sure what the final look will be.

Meanwhile, I spread mulch for days.  Bosewichte loved helping.

A great helper with the groundcover I bought!  A steal...14 pots of creeping thyme, normally $7 each, on clearance at Lowe's for $1 each.  I had a huge patch of this in our Indiana yard and loved to see it bloom in the spring.  It's great groundcover.

Everything is so GREEN!

The camellias are about done for the year, so I'm out almost daily, getting the very last ones for bouquets, along with the azaleas.

We've has some beautiful sunsets...

...and some great Scrabble nights by the pond.

It's been so busy that I've barely had time to do any crafting, but I did sew a quick 12" quilt block in summer colors.

I embroidered a few butterflies for practice.

Somehow they looked good together, so I'm going to display them side by side, somewhere around here.

My quilting class through Anderson University's LLI is starting again.  I had to choose colors for a lap quilt, and was inspired to choose spring colors.  I don't normally like purple, but somehow these seemed to go together.  I want to get out of my color comfort zone, too, so these are perfect.

Hopefully they come together well.  It's a quilt-as-you-go quilt, so all the pieces are already cut out and ready to go.  Each block will be sandwiched together, backing and batting included, and quilted in one fell swoop. Then you simply sew the quilted blocks together and voila, you have a quilt!  Fingers crossed that it goes well.

Happy spring! 

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